Barry University’s School of Education and SWAT (Science with a Twist Inc.) hosted 300 local elementary school students on Monday, March 11, at Barry’s main campus in Miami Shores, Fla.
“There are many things parents do outside of their child’s school to keep them learning, to support them, to motivate them,” said parent Gloria Arcia. “For me, this event did just that; it helped my son see how fun science can be from a hands-on perspective. I wish more events like this were available for local communities to take advantage of.”
Parents, students, and teachers from Olinda, Gratigny and Miami Shores Elementary schools met Henry Bursian, NASA’s Chief of the Cryogenics Propulsion at the Kennedy Space Center. Bursian took the show as he wowed students with a hovercraft demonstration.
Other special guests included Mark Fagan from the Department of Agriculture, Lynne Hudgins from Nature’s Natives and Detective Carol McKinnon from the Miami-Dade County Police Department.
The Education Association of Barry (EAB) helped facilitate 25 science and math stations where students participated in learning labs and asked questions. “It was exciting to contribute to the knowledge of science for kids from the local schools,” said EAB junior Brenda Zelaya.